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There are plenty of places to see and visit in East Sussex. Whether you love hiking or cycling, East Sussex is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions in East Sussex

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    1

    Ditchling Beacon

    Hiking Highlight

    From the summit of Ditchling Beacon you are afforded a wonderful panoramic view. Standing at 814 feet (248 metres) above sea level, it is the highest point along the Sussex …

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    Ditchling Beacon

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Ditchling Beacon is the third-highest point on the South Downs, with spectacular views - it's a great climb to test the legs on.

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    Laura
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    3

    Seven Sisters

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    This section of trail takes you along the magnificent white cliffs of the Seven Sisters. You are rewarded with breathtaking views out to sea, over the impressive chalk cliffs and …

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    4

    Belle Tout Lighthouse

    Hiking Highlight

    The Belle Tout lighthouse was the original one at Beachy Head. It was built in 1832 and operated until the end of the century. The light was becoming ineffective due …

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    Andrew
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    5

    Cuckoo Trail

    Bike Touring Highlight

    A 14 mile (22 km) traffic-free cycle path through the heart of the Sussex countryside, the Cuckoo Trail is a wonderful place to cycle. The trail, which forms part of …

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    Amy
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    6

    Long Man of Wilmington

    Hiking Highlight

    At 235 feet (72 m) tall, the Long Man of Wilmington is said to be the largest representation of a human form in Europe. However, despite its size and enduring …

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    7

    Firle Beacon

    Hiking Highlight

    Standing at 712 feet (217 metres) tall, Firle Beacon affords extensive views over the South Downs. There are many ancient burial sites on and around the summit, many of which …

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    8

    Bodiam Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    The picturesque 14th century castle is a popular tourist attraction and site of several seasonal events throughout the year. Everything you need to know from opening hours to prices are found here: nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle

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    Daniela
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    9

    Firle Beacon

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Standing at 712 feet (217 metres) tall, Firle Beacon affords extensive views over the South Downs. There are many ancient burial sites on and around the summit, many of which …

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    10

    East Sussex Forest Way

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Running 10 miles (16 km) through the heart of East Sussex from East Grinstead to Groombridge, the Forest Way is a beautiful former railway line through some of the UK's …

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    Amy
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    11

    Winchelsea

    Hiking Highlight

    The new town of Winchelsea was set out in a grid pattern during the reign of King Edward I. The town prospered, importing 737,000 gallons of wine in 1306 from …

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    12

    Old Rye Harbour

    Hiking Highlight

    This is Rye's ancient harbour. Medieval maps show that Rye was located on a huge bay in the English Channel but the harbour is about 2 miles (3.2 km) from …

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    13

    Eastbourne Pier

    Hiking Highlight

    Construction of Eastbourne Pier began in April 1866 and was completed in 1872. The pier entrance was originally built on the lower promenade. However, it was swept away during rough …

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    14

    Ypres Tower

    Hiking Highlight

    The Ypres Tower was built in the 13th century on the behest of Henry III to protect against the French, with whom England were then at war with. The tower, which is Grade I-listed, houses a museum.

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    Bewl Water is a reservoir in the valley of the River Bewl (which is a tributary of the River Teise), straddling the boundary between Kent and East Sussex. It is …

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    Brian
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    16

    Hastings Pier

    Hiking Highlight

    The pier in Hastings won the coveted Pier of the Year award in 2017 as well as the Stirling Prize for architecture. It was reopened in April 2016 following a …

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    Andrew
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    17

    Mermaid Street

    Hiking Highlight

    The Mermaid Inn is one of England's oldest inns. The sign says that it was rebuilt in 1420. The oldest part of the building is the cellars, cut from rock, …

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    18

    Birling Gap

    Hiking Highlight

    We did the hike during the winter, so there was a tiny layer of fog lying in the air. Still, the view was fantastic.

    We use to go by ferry …

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    Gosia
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    19

    Chailey Common Nature Reserve

    Road Cycling Highlight

    A beautiful​ and serene place without much traffic. But don't go too fast as there are cows by the road and they do have long horns. Sit back on your saddle and enjoy the scenery

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    Calliope
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    Camber Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    After divorcing his Spanish wife, Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII feared invasion from Spain and its ally, France. He built a series of artillery forts to defend the southern coast …

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